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    Vinyl Cleaning Question

    I'm curious about peoples habits when it comes to record cleaning.

    When you get a brand new album, do you clean it on your machine before you play it for the first time? Or just put it on and play it?

    I always clean mine first with my Clearaudio Double Matrix.
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    Vinyl Cleaning Question

    Quote Originally Posted by MDP View Post
    I'm curious about peoples habits when it comes to record cleaning.

    When you get a brand new album, do you clean it on your machine before you play it for the first time? Or just put it on and play it?

    I always clean mine first with my Clearaudio Double Matrix.
    In my experience, all brand new LPs need to be cleaned before playing.
    Of course doing that does not mean that you will get a noise-free LP. The last brand new LPs that I bought (to support the band after a concert) sounded dirty even after a thorough cleaning.

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    Re: Vinyl Cleaning Question

    I always clean before first play.
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    Re: Vinyl Cleaning Question

    I always clean mine before playing the album. Too many contaminants that may impact the sound or contaminate the stylus.
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    Re: Vinyl Cleaning Question

    Same I've always heard to clean first as new albums will have debry from cutting and handling, etc.
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    Re: Vinyl Cleaning Question

    Agree,

    I like to ultrasonic clean then wash and vacuum all records new or old , but will admit i have thrown many on before doing so due to time and laziness ..


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    Re: Vinyl Cleaning Question

    I run every new album through the Degritter before it is played the first time. It then is placed into a quality inner sleeve if it did not arrive in one. At that point it joins the collect to be added to the rotation.

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    Re: Vinyl Cleaning Question

    Like Rick I utilize my Degriter that I purchased from Mike this past March. While I also make sure an archivable sleeve is used I make a date note with a sharpie in a corner of the sleeve to show when it was cleaned last.
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    Re: Vinyl Cleaning Question

    Always when brand new. Then after a few plays I may do a light clean. I use the Clearaudio Double Matrix ultrasonic cleaning machine.

    Also, I baby my records. No finger prints. Always brush with the AQ brush. Consistently clean the stylus. And, replace the album sleeves with Mob Fid sleeves.
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    Re: Vinyl Cleaning Question

    always put into the KL Audio US record cleaner, then into poly sleeves - poly lined cut off paper from covers33 for any albums that do not have cardboard lyric inners and standard U shaped poly sleeves for any albums that come with a cardboard inner.
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    Re: Vinyl Cleaning Question

    Yes, always clean new record. It makes them anti-static and lowers the groove noise.
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    Re: Vinyl Cleaning Question

    All new (and new-to-me) LPs go through my SpinClean using their recommended concentration of their cleaning solution. I follow that with a medium clean in my Degritter ultrasonic cleaner using 1 ml of their cleaning solution in distilled water (1/2 of their max recommended solution). I view the Degritter solution concentration as a balance between leaving stuff on the record and not having adequate wetting to clean out the grooves. I'm very happy with my routine. Previously I used the SpinClean and NittyGritty which worked ok. For records cleaned this way I just hit them with a medium cycle on the Degritter. It's like having a new record collection.

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    Re: Vinyl Cleaning Question

    I clean every record, new or used, with my Project machine first and then all records go through a cleaning routine prior to playing. The routine consist of a wet clean with de-ionized water with Disk Doctor brush, then a dry mo-fi brush, then a carbon fiber AQ anti-static brush. The stylus gets a Last brush or gel, or dry cleaner. MC cartridge get a Last Stylast treatment.

    Every few playing the records go through the Project RCM again.
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    Re: Vinyl Cleaning Question

    I play it first. If it sounds like it needs a cleaning, I give it a scrub and start it over.

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